Warning issued on dangers of hair straighteners after Whittlesey caravan blaze

FIREFIGHTERS have today issued a warning about the dangers of hair straighteners after two caravans were engulfed in flames during a Whittlesey blaze on Friday.

Inspectors thought the fire, which happened at around 6.20pm in Eastrea Road, was caused by a pair of hair straighteners which had been left on in a mobile home.

Three fire crews battled the blaze for around two hours after it spread to the decking area of an adjacent bungalow and reached another caravan.

A fire service spokesman said: “Hair straighteners are easily hot enough to start a fire which can spread very quickly.

“Make sure you get into the habit of switching off your straighteners at the wall when you finish using them.”